Beni-Jomsom Highway reopens after six days

Published On: September 27, 2017 02:30 AM NPT By: Hari Krishna Gautam

MYAGDI, Sept 27: Vehicular movement along Beni-Jomsom Highway which connects the Mountainous district Mustang to other parts of the country have been resumed after the halt of six days.  

Traffic had come to a halt after a massive dry landslide in Kavrebhir of Annupurna Rural Municipality-3, obstructed the road section. Landslide had covered around 50 meters area of the road. It became a real challenge for the local authorities to clear the landslide debris even with the help of earthmovers and four other vehicles. As a result, a team of Nepal Army had to use explosives to break the rocks.  

According to Chief District Officer Krishna Prasad Adhikari, though the vehicular movement has resumed, commuters still need to take a lot of precautions while travelling along the road. There have been continuous fall of dry mass of land and rocks in several parts of the highway. This has posed serious problems for the pedestrians too. "Road is still not free from risks so we suggest the passengers and pedestrians to take special precautions," said Adhikari.  He further informed that it will take some more time to repair the road section completely. 

A large number of passengers were stranded due to the road obstruction. It had also affected business as a large number of goats, sheep and other livestock meant for Dashain could not be transported to the market from Mustang and Dolpa. Farmers had to bear huge losses as they could not sell their apples.

In last two months, rockfalls have killed two tourists while seven more were injured. Vehicular resumption has offered a great respite to the tourists as well. There is a huge flow of tourists to Mustang during September and October.

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